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Panasonic P42GT60 Front Angle
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And sad to think they may end up ceasing production of plasmas! Got this on my "want" list
I think the pen is not all that silly. Apart from being a nice surface to be creative, using a pen for say a touch interface will save getting finger marks all on the screen. I'm a football coach, I could see this also handy for pausing a recorded football match and drawing on the screen to do some explaining etc. There are of course lots of other uses I'm sure people could think of. I personally think your rant went slightly over the top, especially when it's an option.
I'm really not sure that only having 3 hdmi can be considered a bad thing for a high-end panel...surely if you're paying this much, you've got/getting a proper amp/receiver to go with it. 2 at the back (both fully specced with audio return), then one on the edge for smartphone/camcorder connections (though the amp should have that) seems more than plenty.
Amps on the other hand need to have >4, ideally 6+ HDMI's!
Great review , GT60 is really performer plasma tv.
My family and I are just about in love with our newPanasonic! We got it hooked up at home,and it the picture was just amazing! When I got the DISH Hopper I knew it was time to start looking for another TV, asthe Hopper gives me HD to four different sets, and I only had three at thetime. A coworker of mine at from my jobat DISH suggested looking into Panasonic, and I couldn’t imagine making abetter choice for my new TV! The best part is now; no one has to worry abouttheir favorite show being skipped because of a DVR timer conflict.
Does this TV have any fans inside it?
It's already official. Panasonic is shutting their plasma divisions down by 2014. I don't know if they cease the production but no new models will be developed. These are the last ones.
Absolute nonsense! Panasonic are NOT shutting down Plasma production by 2014, or any other set date for that matter!Production and development of Plasma goes on alongside LED/LCD and OLED until OLED is a true production reality, by which time Plasma AND LED/LCD are all dead technologies and will all be superceded by OLED. That is the official line by Panasonic's head man at the launch of the 2013 ranges.
I've just got this TV (in the 50" guise) and it's fantastic. Regarding the pen thing my wife was very excited to use this when we have people over. Drunken Pictionary on a massive TV can be either brilliantly entertaining or absolutely terrifying depending on who is playing..
Makes sense Chris. Also, the note about the centralised kettle lead seems bizzare to me as it is perfectly positioned for a wall mount (my builder built a socket just below the bracket for plugging in the TV. No need for a conduit and no mess, just a little cable tie and badabing).
It is absolutely NOT total nonsense.Panasonic will indeed not stop producing and fine-tuning their existing plasma technology. It has however indeed communicated to the world that they will cease active R&D into really further developing plasma technology, as it is too costly compared to what the plasma division is bringing them revenue-wise. With the OLED TV's slowly emerging in the past and coming years, it seems just to cut down on R&D spending on plasma, and instead look towards developing its successor - OLED.
Then again, what more is there to wish for. This TV is as good as it gets. I want this device. Badly. Such a shame I will have to wait (a) till I've got the money to spend, and (b) till I have time to travel to the Netherlands, where the GT60 is on sale for € 1049, whereas here in Germany one can only get the GTW60 for 200 euros more - without any difference really that would justify this hefty price-increase.
I bought one (42") and it's going back after 2 days. There's unacceptable buzzing noise from the TV (linked to how hard the power supply is working, i.e. louder when there is more bright white on the screen), horrible judder on panning shots and odd yellow flashes where high contrast areas change quickly (dynamic false contouring or DFC, I have learned it's called). All of this is on Freeview, HD and SD.
Strangely, none of the (many) reviews I read mention these problems, but owner's forums do. Make sure you test view one or buy from a reputable retailer with a good returns policy. I'm back to square one and going LED.
Credit where it's due, on a non-panning shot of wildlife in slow motion on BBC1 HD, the picture was absolutely stunning. But the other issues are so bad they're headache inducing. Buyer beware!
I bought this TV (42") 3 weeks ago having held out until now with my trusted JVC 28"CRT. I never had any problems with motion on that (indeed no TV maker ever said their motion was better than the others until flat panels came along!) So, I was with great trepidation that I gave in as I had hoped that OLED would be the norm by now.I have no regrets at all and so glad I waited. This TV is sublime in the way it handles motion, detail, colour, well everything really. It's taken a week or two to get used to the jump in screen size but otherwise a quantum leap in TV viewing. And believe me, I a very critical of almost all other flat screen TVs. I am now slightly paranoid about screen burn however!All I will say is that if you are thinking of this Panasonic TV don't hesitate, get it while you still can.
Interesting about the yellow flashes. I still see yellow and blue flashes on my old Kuro set but no one else can see them - it happens in high contrast areas where black is next to white etc. Could it be that this is a side effect of getting super high contrast on plasma? I never see it on LCDs. Do you have a link to these discussions? Was considering this set!
i have this tv,how to stop the judder effect?and what are you calling "reversal film effect"?
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